News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
CLACKAMAS COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF SAVES A "BUCK" WITH A TAZER
Posted: January 17th, 2007 7:33 AMWith all the icy road conditions, fender-benders and frustrations associated with this present frigid blast, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has a pleasant, heart-warming story to share:
Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Miller and an unidentified Oregon State Police Officer responded to a report of a large deer, with an impressive display of antlers, that had become entangled in a rope swing at a residence in south Clackamas County.
At 5:00 p.m., this deer was discovered and reported to be in distress by a subject identified as Ronald Mehner, at the residential address of 27730 South Pellican Road, in Canby.
Deputy Jeff Miller reports this deer was in jeopardy and unable to free itself from the grip of the entangled rope suspended from a tree. While assessing the problem with the desire to free this distressed creature; it occurred to these armed law-enforcement officials that a Tazer may do the job -- by momentarily incapacitating this animal just long enough to untie the bonds of rope from the deer antlers and set it free.
Clackamas County Deputy Jeff Miller is pleased to announce that his idea of the Tazer did work successfully, and he did not have to resort to destroying the animal.
Oh yes -- The less-than-lethal application of a Tazer was most certainly appreciated by the happy to be running free again majestic buck.
Please refer to the email message provided by Deputy Jeff Miller:
From: Miller, Jeff
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 12:47 AM
To: Strovink, Jim
Good morning sir, sorry to bother you with this but Sgt. Ellington wanted me to tell you about a Tazering of a deer instead of shooting it. I was dispatched to a deer caught in a rope swing in south (cad #396 from 1/15). The deer was caught by its antlers and thrashing around. I was with an OSP Trooper and there was nothing that we could do -- we were going to shoot the deer when I thought I would try and Tazer it. Well needless to say the tazers work on very large deer and we were able to get it loose and let it go without harming it. That's it, thanks Jeff [Happy Ending]
Contact Info: Jim Strovink, Detective
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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